Group charges FG to sensitise detainees on COVID-19
• Seeks probe of Kaduna correctional centre killings
• Nigerians will appreciate fellow humans better after lockdown experience, says cleric
A human rights group, Access to Justice, has urged the Federal Government to intensify health education on COVID-19 for detainees as well as urgent disinfection and distribution of sanitary materials to all holding facilities.
The group also condemned killings at the Kaduna State Correctional Centre, saying that they violate the fundamental rights of the inmates and their family members.
It also charged the Federal Government to initiate a prompt, impartial and independent investigation into the incident in Kaduna Maximum Custodial Centre that led to loss of lives of inmates of that centre.
In a statement, jointly signed by the Convener, Mr. Joseph Otteh and Project Director, Mr. Deji Ajare, the group said that notwithstanding whether the prisoners are on death row or not, the right to life could only be taken away by the enforcement of the judgment of a court.
In another development, Bishop of the Catholic Diocese of Osogbo, Most Rev. John Oyejola, has said that Nigerians will all come out of the Coronavirus lockdown with renewed faith, steadfast love of God and better appreciation of fellow human beings created in the image and likeness of God.
Oyejola, who stated this in his Easter message at the weekend, entitled: “Peace Be with You: Our Hope is Unfailing,” asked Nigerians not to be wary but be hopeful that they would come out better of the Coronavirus pandemic experience.
The cleric said: “We should not be afraid; the darkness of natural evil that Coronavirus stands for will give way to the dawn of a happy and healthy populace.”
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